David Ray, vice president of CARE USA, to speak March 14

David Ray, vice president for policy and advocacy at CARE USA, will speak on the campus of Western Carolina University at 4 p.m. Monday, March 14, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

David Ray, vice president of CARE USA, will speak on campus March 14.

David Ray, vice president of CARE USA, will speak on campus March 14.

He will present information about the organization titled “Serving and Advocating to End Global Poverty: CARE’s Role in International Development,” a Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities, part of the series co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Religion Department and the Honors College.

Ray, who will be a guest speaker in two classes and at a brownbag luncheon during his visit to WCU, also serves his organization as managing director of CARE Action Now. He has 25 years of experience in advocacy, constituency building and campaigning. Before returning to CARE in January 2012, Ray served as chief strategy and public policy officer for Points of Light. In his prior 19 years with CARE, he was director of global advocacy, senior assistant to the president for CARE International, principal executive for marketing and communications at CARE Australia, and vice president of the CARE Foundation. He also played a leadership role in creating and managing the ONE Campaign and served as the chair of its management committee.

CARE is a humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing global poverty, especially through helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and assisting communities in recovering after the emergency has passed. To learn more about the organization, see care.org.

For more information about the event, contact John Whitmire at 828-227-7262 or by email at jwhitmire@wcu.edu.